Tips for your approach, from the overall vision to the nuts-and-bolts of realising it.
In Depth Cine identifies their five steps for working on a documentary project (including managing your subjects and your own expectations):
- Identify the content
- Visual Style
Elaborating on the third step, visual style, he offers further Tips For Shooting A Cinematic Documentary:
Sharing overlap with fictional narrative work, is the approach to coverage – establishing vs single shots, and action vs reaction shots – to help build and resolve dialogue scenes:
Documentarian and cinematographer Mark Bone has an entire series on his approaches to and experience with documentary storytelling:
Film-maker Danny Gevirtz highlights the overlap in his approach to his documentary work, with his music video and solo narrative work: